Vaccines for Dogs

Pets come into contact with lots of potential illness on a daily basis.  This is why vaccinations are so important.  Keeping your pet current on vaccines is the easiest way to prevent some common diseases including kennel cough, parvovirus, and Leptospirosis.  You can be assured that we follow a risk based vaccination protocol.  This means your pet is not going to be vaccinated for diseases they are unlikely to be exposed to and often decreases the total number of vaccines your pet receives.

Vaccines Recommendations for Dogs

The staff at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic is committed to your pet’s health.    Vaccinations are an important part of preventative medicine to ensure your pet has a long and healthy life.  The necessary vaccines are dependent on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure to other animals.  During your appointment we will ask a number of questions to ensure that only the necessary vaccines are administered.  Due to recent research the schedule of some vaccines has altered slightly.  The following is a brief overview of the available vaccines.  Please note that your pet may not receive all vaccines each year.

  • Core vaccine/DHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2/hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus): This is considered a “core” vaccine due to the need for every dog to receive this vaccine.  Recent research has demonstrated that the protective immunity may last longer than previously known.  Your dog will receive this vaccine several times as a puppy, again at 1 year of age and then likely every 3 years.
  • Rabies: This vaccine is also considered “core”.  Every dog must legally receive rabies vaccinations.  The first vaccine is administered after 15 weeks of age, one year later, then on a 3 year basis.  This vaccine is required for traveling out of state.
  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica: This vaccine helps prevent the disease known as “kennel cough”, a highly contagious respiratory infection causing coughing, fever, lethargy and possibly pneumonia. Dogs that come in contact with other dogs not in their household are at risk for contracting “kennel cough”.  The vaccine can help prevent the disease or diminish the clinical signs significantly if the disease is contracted.  The vaccine is available in an intranasal or injectable form. Immunity for this vaccine is approximately 12 months.
  • Canine Influenza: This vaccine helps protects against an emerging highly infectious pathogen infecting dogs respiratory tract.  This disease can result in Pneumonia and rarely in death.  The two varieties of the influenza are prevented with an injectable vaccine.  We recommend this vaccine for all dogs traveling or who have moderate group exposure.  This disease is transmitted through nasal secrections.
  • Leptosporosis: This bacterial infection causes vomiting, lethargy, and fever and can result in sudden liver or kidney failure.  It is transmitted through direct or indirect contact with wildlife.  The vaccine is protective against the 4 most common subtypes of leptosporosis.  It requires puppy boosters and yearly vaccination for at risk dogs.